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Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean hackers won't nuke your employer into the ground tomorrow

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Re: Paranoid

My questions is just whether I am paranoid enough.

If you were, you probably would have gone on a rant concerning the phrase "mission-critical cloud services". Ceding the responsibility and control of the bits of your company that must absolutely work in order for the company to go on seems insufficiently paranoid to me. I get there are business reasons and things that can be done to mitigate risk, continue operations, et cetera, but besides the issue of whose to blame when things inevitably go in the crapper is the fact that cloud security is still an area that is relatively immature. Want to use them as a COOP solution? Makes sense. Can they allow rapid scaling of existing resources? Sure. Would a truly paranoid security person recommend you put all of your eggs in that particular basket? Only if you want omelettes.

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Oz telcos' club asks: Why the hell do Australia Post, rando councils, or Taxi Services Commission want comms metadata?

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Re: Scope creep??

The headline was missing a comma. It should have been, "There's your scope, creep."

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Arm kit vendors snuggle up around the Windows 10 Autumnwatch bonfire awaiting supported OS

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Re: unkind?

To edit for clarity, "'Some kind people' should 1) lead the windows team away to be looked after somewhere they can't harm themselves with something sharp or 2) bang their (the windows team) heads on a blunt windows[ill]." I choose Option 2.

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Third Soyuz does not explode while auditors resume poking around NASA's big rocket SLS

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Re: three or four launches enough to assemble the ISS

I bet Ikea will have a Røcketstüff pack sorted out...

That's the plot for a space horror movie scarier than any in the Alien franchise!

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Civil rights group says Oracles, Tapads and Experians get let off for wanton info-sucking

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Re: And their response?

It's not that these companies are not interested in complying, it's just that they are being thorough. They get an email asking them to refrain from gathering information on someone and to get rid of what they have already got. They comply. As part of this action, they wipe all email correspondence with the individual in question (that's data, too). Going forward, they are free to gather more information concerning the same individual as they have no record of being asked not to.

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The Register translates VMware's VMworld Europe 2018 news into plain English – our free guide for every reader

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Lost in Translation

I especially appreciated the translation of "We will wear you down." Classic. Sales droids may actually think that, too, but there is really a narrow slice of their target audience that it works on. Technical staff realize most of what they say is BS and non-technical staff don't need to be worn down - any buzzword laden sentence is apt to activate their shiny object receptors, sending them into a state of spending induced euphoria.

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Solid state of fear: Euro boffins bust open SSD, Bitlocker encryption (it's really, really dumb)

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Re: Really?

It isn't just Bitlocker that trusts HW encryption. Other solutions at my work do the same thing. My guess is that this is a commonly utilized strategy. The thinking probably went along the lines of "If it doesn't have a native solution, implement encryption using our software but if it does, it is much easier to simply manage the built in HW solution than to turn it off and replace it with our own. Using the HW solution will undoubtedly produce better speed, too, so customers can enjoy a machine that is both responsive and secure."

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Nikola Tesla's greatest challenge: He could measure electricity but not stupidity

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Re: Noted scientists

Here's a page listing quite a few scientists whose faces are on bank notes:

https://www.slideshare.net/sotos1/scientists-on-banknotes

Amusingly, the very first comment on the page is basically, "Hey! You missed a few!"

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Re: The name 'Tesla' has been hijacked

That's why you usually have some local brand management

It's refreshing to know that as in IT, other industries have to contend with poorly researched and thought-out efforts that someone else has to come along behind and somehow make right.

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Supreme Court raises eyebrows at Google's cozy $8.5m legal deal

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Illogical Legalese

I am definitely not a lawyer, but the takeaway from this story seems to be that a legal suit can be filed on my behalf without my consent or knowledge and then the people filing the suit can get with the accused and split the money that was supposedly for restitution for the harm caused me between them, again without my consent or knowledge, and give some of it to some third party that I may or not approve of. How the hell is this different from the reason this action was brought in the first place with Google gathering and profiting from information it had gathered from me - say it with me - without my consent or knowledge?

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Pirate radio = drug dealing and municipal broadband is anti-competitive censorship

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Re: Murica, land of freedom!

If you aren't allowed to play the whole song, just don't play the song at all! That practice is so obnoxious, I switch from any station that uses them. The only radio edit I have ever enjoyed is Adam Sandler's "Ode to My Car".

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Super Cali goes ballistic, net neutrality hopeless? Even Ajit Pai's gloating is something quite atrocious

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Easy as Pai, Piece of Maki

That, as Pai knows well, is nonsense, though he was already on a roll...

Would that be a California Roll?

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Jeez, not now, Iran... Facebook catches Mid East nation running trolly US, UK politics ads

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Quis custodiet ipsos faciem-libro?

Whose interest does Facebook act in?

It's own.

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Assange catgate hearing halted as Ecuador hunts around for someone who speaks Australian

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Playse stawp yoah caht

I literally had to clamp both hands over my mouth to keep from laughing loud enough to annoy everyone in the building. Thank goodness I wasn't drinking anything when I read that!

Icon because close enough.

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Manchester man fined £1,440 after neighbours couldn't open windows for stench of dog toffee

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Good luck with that!

Gotta try this one at home when I get asked to do work in the garden and see how far that gets me

Probably as far as it did the dog owner in the story, but with a more rapid (rabid?) response.

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Ad blocking. All fun and games – until it gets political: Union websites banned by uBlock Origin

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Re: Allow versus Deny

One member, however, will NOT give up their Facebook.

Sounds like time to provide a non-persistent VM setup with a VPN connection and route all traffic through a proxy (maybe rotate the providers - there are a lot of free VPN and web proxies) in order to defeat tracking. Responsiveness of the site may be a little... off.

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Yes, Americans, you can break anti-piracy DRM if you want to repair some of your kit – US govt

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What does that really mean?

I wonder what the definition of "fix" is? "Fixing" something the maker considers to be a feature?

Fix like a poker game? Like an election? Like anything that can have duct tape applied to it? Like a rare imported vehicle where you end up with the thing back together and mostly running and a ziplock bag containing the leftover parts you couldn't work out where went. Fix as in what you do to a cat?

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Sorry friends, I'm afraid I just can't quite afford the Bitcoin to stop that vid from leaking everywhere

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A Bargain at Any Price

Would you consider paying on my behalf, perchance?

I'll pay! For the love of all that is good, I'll pay!! Please don't send that thing to me!

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Break out the jelly and ice cream! Microsoft's Small Basic turns 10

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Re: Surprise?

"... was first announced back in 2008 although it took until 2011 for the first 'stable' release to make an appearance."

Quotes within quotes, even sarcastic quotes, are always a bit awkward.

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In huge privacy win, US Supreme Court rules warrant needed to slurp folks' location data

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Re: Will this actually stop them selling our movements?

Will this court decision stop them from selling our private information now?

No, because that's how they make their money and they even tell you they will sell you and your info up the river while at the same time denying it. This should be a hint for consumers, though. If it is a huge deal for the government to have access to this data because it can and will be abused, then why are we as a class just giving it away to people whose entire business model is based on exploitation of this information?

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Linguists, update your resumes because Baidu thinks it has cracked fast AI translation

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Missing a Bit

Taking an example from the article, I would guess the AI would do fairly well with sentence fragments as it uses predictive analysis for much of its output.

"Translating between Japanese and German to English and Chinese, therefore, more difficult"

Would it fill in the implied "is"?

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That Saudi oil and gas plant that got hacked. You'll never guess who could... OK, it's Russia

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@Version 1.0, have an up-vote simply for replying to a post about Version 2.0. To adjust your comment a bit, "The enemy of my enemy is my enemy's enemy. No more. No less." Any day I can get a Schlock Mercenary reference in is a good day.

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PC version of Linux 4.19 lands with PC version of Linus Torvalds: Kernel handed back to creator

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Re: We're all maybe going the wrong way guys.

STFU needs a movement parade where someone on a microphone starts blabbing shit and the entire crowd screams STFU!

This is an excellent template for political rallies! Brilliant idea! Have a virtual reward. ==>>>

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Forgotten that Chinese spy chip story? We haven't – it's still wrong, Super Micro tells SEC

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Re: The simplest answer is usually the right answer...

Look at the risks and high diplomatic costs recently incurred by both Russia and Saudi to send simple messages to specific groups...

Not to detract from the conversation, but this usage is just wrong. "Saudi" is a noun if you are talking about a person group of people ("She is a Saudi," or "The Saudis all got on a plane.") and an adjective elsewhere ("I ate way too much Saudi food!"). The combination used here is the equivalent of "New Zealand and British" or "Venezuela and Persian". Why is this confusing?

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'The inmates have taken over the asylum': DNS godfather blasts DNS over HTTPS adoption

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DoH

That's what Homer Simpson says!

Mine has a pink glazed doughnut with sprinkles in the pocket.

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Cosmoboffins think grav waves hold the key to sorting out the disputed Hubble Constant

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What I think is even more weird is that the rate of expansion is the same everywhere at the same time.

https://www.space.com/25673-universe-expansion-real-time-cosmology.html

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Can't get pranked by your team if nobody in the world can log on

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Re: the old "rotate the monitor" trick

I might have, over the course of my working like... Changed the input settings on a number of coworkers' machines: mouse, keyboard, points, etc. Simply unplugged the network cable at the wall (had beautiful results on one occasion). Rigged the victim's autocorrect to make less than standard changes. Changed registry entries to edit error codes for more amusing if less informative results. Made changes to amount of RAM in a coworker's desktop at random times over the course of a month.

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Yale Security Fail: 'Unexpected load' caused systems to crash, whacked our Smart Living Home app

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Re: Let this be a lesson

...IoT is an answer waiting for a sensible question.

What is the best way to fill your life with utter crap?

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FYI: Drone maker DJI's 'Get it on Google Play' website button definitely does not get the app from Google Play...

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Re: Think of it this way

Why mislead people into thinking they are getting playstore content?

Exactly! If my first interaction with a company or individual consists of their telling me they will do A and instead do B while trying to hide the fact, I don't need much deeper analysis than that to realize I need to take my business somewhere else. The same should also be said of subsequent interactions.

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Tumblr turns stumblr, left humblr: Blogging biz blogs bloggers' private info to world+dog

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Re: User's care about bugs, leaks, etc.?????

Can you imagine the information overload if every Fortune 1000 company automotive manufacturer publicly disclosed every security bug discovered by a penetration test, bug bounty, or an internal audit government safety review or third party tester?

You mean as is expected in other industries? Makes the world a better place.

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Decoding the Google Titan, Titan, and Titan M – that last one is the Pixel 3's security chip

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Re: And in other news

Google admitted today that there had been a Titan-ic blunder when they discovered the keys to Titan missile launch codes...

Upon re-inspection, the team found that the codes were actually to an unannounced project called Titan AE.

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Chinese biz baron wants to shove his artificial moon where the sun doesn't shine – literally

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Re: Eight times brighter than the Moon?

Yes, it might be bright, but it is a single point source for light. The thing about street lights is they can be set up to only illuminate areas that need it whereas this is going to annoy some (e.g. lighting their bedrooms where now they are not) and under-service others by not lighting areas properly (buildings cast shadows after all). Simple computer modelling would reveal this and I bet it has been done and suppressed. As mentioned above, it will not help much with cloudy nights, which means the current infrastructure still has to be maintained. The point about fauna in the article sounds like a paid expert giving testimony. Missing from the article is whether this might interfere with any telescopes. Given the way the national government rearranged people's lives in order to make way for their large radio observatory, what would be the result of this thing interfering with another government project? Would the people of Chengdu be treated to a fireworks show?

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Dating app for Trump loners commits YUGE blunder: It leaks more than the West Wing

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Re: Security staff

The security staff is so good, they can afford to work for free.

...and are worthy every bit as much.

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Raspberry Pi fans up in arms as Mathematica disappears from Raspbian downloads

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Cake?

Having cake and eating it is the new normal.

What the hell good is cake* if you can't eat it? What a ridiculous idiom!

* I know someone is going to make a comment about other kinds of cake. Don't.

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EU aren't kidding: Sky watchdog breathes life into mad air taxi ideas

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"All parachutes need plenty of height to deploy: very few people have survived a bail-out under 2000 ft."

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Height, or forward speed can also deploy them. 1000 feet is more than enough height as any base jumper will tell you.

Alternatively, they could take a page from the various Mars landers and deploy a giant airbag to provide drag and perhaps some padding on impact.

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Re: In Germany there actually is a strong push for those ideas in the ruling party

Flying cars can come later.

Not necessarily. Working things out in parallel speeds up overall progress. I very much agree with the statement that humans shouldn't be allowed to drive, so robot chauffeurs are mandatory for this to work but saying we shouldn't work on A because B is more pressing is a false dichotomy.

As to this increasing societal stratification, that's a temporary effect. So many things that we take for granted were once the purview of royalty, the nobility and the very wealthy. Spices and imported foods, transportation other than shank's mare (hell, how about the ability to move more than a few miles from home?), access to all sorts of arts, the ability to communicate with remote sites via text or voice or video... all of these things and many other started out as something the average person couldn't afford and then worked their way down to cheap ubiquity.

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Finally. The palm-sized Palm phone is back. And it will, er, save you from your real smartphone

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Not all bad

I don't understand the recent fascination with phablets, 6" size of a phone is a design fault, not a feature.

@Gordan, because people come in all sizes, having a phone to match that variety is a good thing. I don't know about others, but I shop all my phones at least in part based on whether my fingers can hit the tiny, tiny buttons. Having said that, put a strap on this thing and I would have a nice chunky watch.

“Life Mode” will free you from constant distractions, such as the non-stop stream of notifications. Unlike in a conventional Flight Mode, you can choose what gets through, and when.

This is a selling point that I hope gets taken much further. Application management on Android phones has long been an irritant to me. It would be so nice if there was a console where you could manage access rights, notifications, et cetera for different apps all in one go, by group or otherwise instead of the current base setup where you have to go into each app's settings and select each bit. Ugh! Kudos to Palm for getting this bit right.

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AI's next battlefield is literally the battlefield: In 20 years, bots will fight our wars – Army boffin

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How many sides of the

AI and machine learning is a triple edged sword...

Right! So a really ineffective sword when it comes to cutting? That metaphor deserves to be skewered.

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Re: Top. Lel.

First thing that occurred to me after reading this? The BOFH's robot wars! xD

Funny, the first thing that came to my mind was Star Trek's A Taste of Armageddon.

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Take my advice: The only safe ID is a fake ID

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ORLY?

This is just as well as it usually takes most users that long to think up a password that conforms to the minimum uppercase + lowercase + number + punctuation + Hebrew emoji requirement.

Hebrew emojis ?! Ohhh... now I have to implement this!

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With sorry Soyuz stuffed, who's going to run NASA's space station taxi service now?

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Re: No worries

More like the Coast Guard as it doesn't get above LEO. A Navy is blue water, comparable with trans-Lunar space.

The USCG is actually a world-wide maritime service, but has a different mission than the USN. To quote (and this pains me) Wikipedia, "while the U.S. Coast Guard is the smallest of the U.S. military service branches, in terms of size, the U.S. Coast Guard by itself is the world's 12th largest naval force."

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Astroboffins discover when white and brown dwarfs mix, the results are rather explosive

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Re: Cygnus, which is shaped like a swan

This is why we don't have time machines. Otherwise, we'd have people from the future coming back in time to give us an ear-bashing all day, every day.

I think it is more likely that future historians regard this period as toxic and avoid it completely. This was most likely caused by some of them showing up to say nasty things and then being exposed to cat videos. Once the rot had set in, future society wouldn't have them back.

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On the first day of Christmas my true love gave me tea... pigs-in-blankets-flavoured tea

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Re: Tea

Its just WRONG!!

Made by people who thought the Harry Potter stories were documentaries.

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Pentagon's JEDI mind tricks at odds with our 'values' says Google: Ad giant evaporates from $10bn cloud contract bid

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Re: Wait! What?

So, what do you do in the above scenario? You back out while loudly proclaiming it's about values and quietly muttering about certification. ...

I arrived at much the same conclusion with the additional proviso that they didn't have enough time to put something together to wrong foot the competition as they have in other cases (Google Docs and other office apps spring to mind). It wouldn't surprise me to see them come back to this exact same thing later when it comes up for a different branch of the government.

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On the third day of Windows Microsoft gave to me: A file-munching run of DELTREE

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Re: Not a good look here.

why have you never trusted the documents folder?

Why would anyone think that placing all their data on the same volume as the OS was a good idea? And for those old school command line users, trying to find files under the C:\Users\%USERNAME%\Documents folder is a bit cumbersome. Relying on defaults may be convenient in most cases, but there have been too many times that doing so has led to my being bitten that I am willing to blindly trust that it will all work out OK if I do. Once or twice is really all that took.

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AI trained to sniff out fake news online may itself be fake news: Bot has mixed results in classifying legit titles

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Re: 60 to 70% accurate?

Hyper partisans see themselves as being only slightly left or right of center - they believe they are part of the "silent majority" in the country.

A good way to approach this is to look at your opinion and try to find views that are more extreme in a variety of directions. If there aren't any, you're probably out on the fringes. If you are more lazy, you may find the first chart in this article helpful. If you are both lazy and an extremely right-leaning partisan, you will find the second chart to be more your cup of tea.

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Decoding the Chinese Super Micro super spy-chip super-scandal: What do we know – and who is telling the truth?

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Re: "fucking chip"

...I know of a sex toy manufacturer who would be very interested, for both straight chips and back-doored chips.

I can only provide one up-vote, but see icon for bonus. Happy Friday!

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Dutch cheesed off with Russians, expel four suspects over chemical weapons Wi-Fi spying

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Re: One thing is clear

A lot of Russian propagandists post on The Register. And have that subtle touch Russians are famous for.

It would seem that is the status quo for the internet as a whole. They'll let just anyone on these days.

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Astroboffins may have found the first exomoon lurking beyond the Solar System

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Re: Moons of the moons?

Great! Now we have another category of celestial body the IAU currently has no definition or even name for and will screw up when they get 'round to it. Allow me to be the first to propose exosubmoonlets (extrahyposatellites had too many syllables) defined as an object that orbits a moon1 such that the center of the orbital system is inside the mass of the moon.2

1. Moon: [proposed] An object that orbits a planet3 such that the center of the orbital system is inside the mass of the planet.

2. If the center of an orbital system is outside the mass of its members, they are in a committed relationship, binary or otherwise. This leads to the possibility of coexosubmoonlets which is very exciting and will probably have a small, militant and vocal online presence any day now.

3. Planet [proposed] A non-stellar object orbiting one or more stellar objects but not orbiting another object as well. Note: Planets come in many sizes, shapes and colors and should not be judged or discriminated against because of this; they are all still planets.

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'Desperate' North Korea turns to bank hacking sprees to rake in much-needed dosh

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Re: Interesting...

I'm unable to find any credible evidence online that points to the involvement of North Korea.

Try looking.

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